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Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization by Dan Pontefract

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Chapter Three

The Connected Leader

Michael Bloomberg became the 108th mayor of New York City, first taking office in 2002. Prior to doing so, he was a successful businessman who founded (and still owns) the eponymously named Bloomberg L.P., a firm with over 15,000 employees in 192 locations that delivers data, news and analytics through technology. In 2012, Forbes Magazine estimated his net worth at $22 billion, putting him firmly in the top twenty richest people in the United States.

It's not his innovation, nor his wealth, nor his creative business and political mind that impress me the most (although how can you not be impressed by everything that Bloomberg has accomplished?).

What impresses me most is his instinctive level of sharing and his sense of collaboration.

Firstly, in 2011 alone, Bloomberg donated $311 million to 1,185 non-profit organizations which supported groups from the arts, public affairs and human services, among others. Since 2005, it's estimated that Bloomberg has philanthropically donated over $1 billion dollars to various groups in need. To me, that's an unbelievable amount of sharing. And to embolden the point, in a 2010 Wall Street Journal interview, Bloomberg was quoted as saying, “I am a big believer in giving it all away and have always said that the best financial planning ends with bouncing the check to the undertaker.”1 With a net worth of $22 billion,perhaps you might say, “Well, he should be donating to charities.” Perhaps, but it's my belief ...

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